Mar, 2023
Sound the Alarm: Why Do So Few African Americans Serve as Firefighters and Paramedics?
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.); Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Burress, Colin D.
From the thesis: "The demographic makeup of fire departments, including firefighters and paramedics, often does not reflect communities. This thesis poses the following research question: What factors support and inhibit the recruitment and retention of African American firefighters and paramedics in the United States? The research relied on documented open-source information and data from fire and emergency medical service (EMS) departments in the United States. In examining issues affecting the recruitment and retention of African Americans in the profession, this study considers the history of the fire service and EMS, along with other internal and external factors that could support or inhibit the recruitment and retention of African Americans. The research offers several recommendations to remedy this issue, including mandating Courageous Conversations workshops, creating a diverse full-time recruiting team, developing pipeline partnerships, and changing hiring and training processes."
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  • Author
    Burress, Colin D.
  • Publishers
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
  • Date
    Mar, 2023
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library:
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  • Media Type
  • Source
    Cohort CA2105/2106
  • Subjects
    African Americans
    Employee retention
    Fire fighters
    Emergency medical services
  • Resource Groups
    Thesis (CHDS)
    Thesis (NPS)

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